Europe’s new privacy regime will disrupt the adtech Lumascape

Dr Johnny Ryan GDPR

In a year and a half, new European rules on the use of personal information will disrupt advertising and media across the globe. Here are the three biggest impacts.  Since 1996 when cookies were first repurposed to track users around the Web there has been an assumption that gathering and trading users' personal information is the essence of advertising online. This is about to change.

Eight Things From Q3 Worth Knowing

Dr Johnny Ryan Adblocking, GDPR

Now, ten days into October, we have had time to digest on the events of the last quarter. As is ever the case with history, only some of the headlines of the last three months will have any lingering impact. But of all the events in the past three months the following eight are worth knowing about. This post is a quick digest of the ones that will shape the environment.…

21 years later: Se7en privacy horror is our reality

David Barton GDPR, Uncategorized

A brief exchange in the 1995 film Se7en shows us just how far our expectations of privacy have been eroded in the intervening two decades. Post-Snowden, we may no longer be surprised that our governments are tracking us, but we might be more shocked to realize just how much information advertisers have about us.

Publishers – your only weapon is trust

Dr Johnny Ryan Adblocking, GDPR, Uncategorized

Adblocking—and publisher responses to it—sit at the nexus of two trends: the increasing value of trust in the publisher-consumer relationship, and the emerging conditions of the new information market. The Internet turns many types of information that were once scarce and expensive into overabundant—and therefore cheap—commodities. By corollary, trust and attention have become increasingly valuable. In short: As information becomes cheap, trust becomes precious.

Global stakeholders discuss new approach to the Blocked Web

Dr Johnny Ryan Adblocking, GDPR, Uncategorized

From late 2015 onward PageFair drew together global consumer groups, advertisers, agencies, publishers and browsers for senior level roundtable discussions on adblocking. These were held at The Financial Times, at Mozilla, and at MEC Global. The most recent roundtable was organised by both PageFair and Digital Content Next. Participants at the PageFair roundtables included the World Federation of Advertisers, the 4A’s, DCN, the World Association of Newspapers, the National Newspaper Association, International Federation of Periodical Publishers, Havas, Google, Mozilla, the Centre for Democracy and Technology, the EFF, the Open Rights Group, the European Commission, the UK Government, the World Economic Forum, and many others including the global advertising holding companies.…

Four big ideas emerge from PageFair global stakeholder roundtable

Dr Johnny Ryan Adblocking, GDPR, Uncategorized

A growing segment of Web users sees few or no ads. Publishers are suffering mounting revenue losses as a result. But even as blocking of advertising harms publishers it also undoes the mistakes of the first 20 years of advertising on the Web. Several vendors including PageFair have the technology to display ads in a way that is not affected by blocking. In the future it is likely that major industry incumbents (such as SSPs and CDNs) will also gain this ability. We believe that the ability to defeat blockers should not simply enable a return to the situation before adblocking. Hundreds of millions of users have rebelled against the status quo in advertising. We must listen to them. Advertising can be better.…